ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
CANCER
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
The Raw Food Diet
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Help Your Kids Stay Active
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
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Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer

Eating broccoli just might have benefits in the fight against breast cancer.

At least in mice, a compound derived from broccoli appears to be able to kill breast cancer stem cells, which help tumors grow, according to a new study. But it's too soon to know if the compound would work in people. And the amount tested is larger than the amount people could consume in their diet.

The compound, known as sulforaphane, "has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells," study co-author Duxin Sun, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.

The researchers administered sulforaphane to mice with breast cancer and monitored the number of cancer stem cells in their tumors. They found that the treated mice had fewer of the cells and that they couldn't generate new tumors. Tests on human breast cancer cells in the laboratory resulted in similar decreases in cancer stem cells, they reported.

"This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells," Dr. Max S. Wicha, an oncology professor and director of the university's Comprehensive Cancer Center, and also a study co-author, said in the news release. "Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes."

SOURCES: University of Michigan, press release, May 3, 2010 Published on: May 06, 2010